Friends of Trees

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 3117 NE MLK Jr. Blvd Portland OR 97212 USA

Mission: Friends of Trees inspires community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people in the Portland-Vancouver area together to plant and care for city trees and urban natural areas.
Results: Friends of Trees has planted over 400,000 trees.
Geographic areas served: Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA Metro Area
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 93-0999999
503-282-8846
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Rating: 5 stars  

I ordered two trees from Friends of Trees and honestly had an amazing experience throughout the process. From the great website, to the volunteer who came to our house to tell us what trees would go good where and the emails reminding us what to expect made it a very positive experience! The day of the plant I was unable to volunteer because of a lack of childcare BUT when the volunteers showed up to plant our trees I was able to help out and everyone seemed to be having a great time! One mother brought her 6 year old whose job it was to "stomp the dirt in"! I was able to meet two neighbors whom I had seen around but it gave us a chance to actually talk and create community. I know wave and say hi every time I walk the dogs past their homes. Now a month later both my trees are doing great, and are daily reminders of such a great experience. I can't wait until they come back to our neighborhood! I am going to order some more fruit trees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

North Portland.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing! Really smooth process and well organized.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Until volunteering with Friends of Trees, I was mostly an indoor-type person and wanted to change that. So I had been on the lookout for a well-run, professional, environmental, and community-building focused organization to which I could volunteer my time. Friends of Trees is precisely that. The staff knows their stuff when it comes to trees and they know how to expertly organize and manage volunteer, community-based events every single weekend during the planting season. And there's just something fundamental about putting trees into the ground and wondering what they will become 10, 20, and 50 years from now and knowing the benefits trees provide to future generations. Friends of Trees is simply fantastic!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the immediate community-building aspects of tree plantings as well as acknowledging the lasting benefits trees have on us and our environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out even more ways to promote Friends of Trees throughout the Northwest and nationally, increasing exposure of this great organization beyond just the Portland-Vancouver metro region. There's no reason why Friends of Trees should be our little secret. Franchise!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We planted 212 trees yesterday in Irvington, Portland, Oregon, USA

We love Friends of Trees. Efficient, friendly, organized, and creating a lasting changing in our City. Every city should be so lucky to have such an amazing group in their town.

Here is my write up of our planting on March 12th, 2011 with a slide show of pictures!

http://albertideation.com/2011/03/15/trees/

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. especially in the increase in the number of street trees in our City.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it - every City should have a Friends of Trees

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were able to buy discounted trees through Friends of Trees. At first, we thought that was the best part. Then we volunteered to help plant... Meeting people in our neighborhood, learning how to properly plant trees, getting to be part of an amazing organization, etc... it was an a memorable experience! FOT helps our environment, our community, and every individual who has the opportunity to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We have new trees, met people in our area, learned how to plant trees, felt part of a community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've volunteered with Friends of Trees several times now, and I'm always impressed with how well the events are organized. Friends of Trees is a great organization that really benefits livability in Portland's neighborhoods.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my neighborhood and others be 'greened-up' with new street trees.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

secure more funding for the organization so the neighborhood trees could be offered even cheaper.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was really doing something to make Portland a better place.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love being able to boost the urban forest while getting to know awesome people! And the home made food is the best. The FOT employees are also pretty great.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fact that Portland's tree canopy is growing. How many cities can say that?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more people to take part!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Trees here would be a stellar organization if its accomplishments were a tenth of what they have been. The average non-profit would be proud of enlisting one tenth their number of working volunteers, and any organization that planted one tenth as many trees would be considered a rousing success.

Many organizations have studied the concepts of "flat" and "agile" and tried to implement them, but Friends of Trees here eats and breathes them. For that reason they run circles around everybody else with a fraction of the resources.

From professional study, I know that there is no more important environmental remedy for cities than creating a lush tree canopy --nothing better for urban and global warming, air quality or water quality.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...every time I walk my dogs, I pass dozens and dozens of trees that probably wouldn't be there without their work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...give them a small team of project management types to get more trees on commercial property.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I helped to plant trees with Friends of Trees recently and it was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about planting trees and it was so much fun connecting to member in my community while helping to increase the much needed tree canopy in our city. I will be volunteering again in the future for sure. I love what they do!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community growing and tree growing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

unsure

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

organization is very well-run overall, i've never experienced a major hitch, everyone is very friendly and professional and hard-working! they are very appreciate of their volunteers and the homeowners are ecstatic about receiving their trees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i run into lots of familiar faces at these events -- obviously they are very successful at getting the community to turn out and stay engaged. i have seen two elected officials at plantings -- not just orating but digging!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting dirty.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

super dedicated and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve eggs benedict for breakfast.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

I volunteered two and a half seasons with Friends of Trees as a crew leader for the natural areas plantings. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that each season I was responsible for getting at least 200 new trees planted. Every volunteer that I was a crew leader for was enthusiastic and interesting. I think FOT attracts caring, kind and seemingly very bright people : ). I also all the crew leaders that I met and worked with. It has so far been one of my favorite volunteer experiences in the Portland area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working outside, planting trees, and knowing youre having a positive impact

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, positive and enthusiastic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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